Kelly Donohue was a Jeopardy contestant who, after winning each game, put up a finger to signal his win. One win, one finger, two wins two fingers. After his third win, he put up three fingers. I know; shocking display of white supremacy. One former contestant saw it as a racist symbol, enlisted a pack of fellow idiots, and 467 of them signed a letter of condemnation attacking Donohue like a pack of rabid hyenas. They claimed Donohue putting up three fingers was a racist dog-whistle and demanded he prostrate himself at the woke alter. He did. Although he was just celebrating his third win he wrote:
“I deeply regret this terrible misunderstanding. I never meant to hurt a soul and I assure you I am no friend of racists or white supremacists.”
Was his self-flagellation accepted? No, it wasn’t. Apologizing for someone else’s stupidity is never a good idea.
Yesterday, The Marlins were playing the Rockies. A Rockies fan behind the plate was signaling to the team mascot named “Dinger”. The video (with audio) shows him signaling at Dinger. He never looked at the Marlin batter, Lewis Brinson, who is black. It’s clear that he said “Dinger” and was never looking at Brinson. But that is not what ESPN wanted to hear. It heard the “N” word.
ESPN jumped into this story like rioters looting a CVS, and in the process displayed about the same level of integrity and journalistic ethics. ESPN’s headline read:
“Colorado Rockies investigating after fan uses racial slur during Miami Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson’s at-bat.”
Notice what is missing? There is no “apparently” or “allegedly”. ESPN crack staff of morally bankrupt Jimmy Olsens reported as a fact that a racial slur was used. It wasn’t a slur. It was a guy trying to get the attention of a purple mascot named Dinger.
No one on the field heard a slur, because there was, NO slur. But when it comes to accusing someone of racism ESPN would rather be first, than right.
Guess what story with its libelous headline was still up this morning?
I fear the Rockies will find this guy who yelled for Dinger’s attention, and he will apologize for something idiots did to him, rather than demand an apology from everyone including ESPN who labeled him a racist.
Never apologize to the mob.